Check Engine Light
Check Engine Light
The Check Engine Light is not always just a gas cap or "Emissions" Issue. This Light can be a warning that engine control systems are not working properly which can be a sign of low oil level, Dirty oil or potential problems with the powertrain, such as electronic transmission components, engine cooling system failures. Most problems with the Engine light usually store fault codes and Did you know that all faults are not able to be read with generic code readers that some auto parts stores use to offer free diagnostics? A code read will only offer a clue to which circuit is causing the light it takes a trained Technician and OEM Specific equipment to Diagnose the vehicle. Don't waste time trying this and trying that . We offer a comprehensive diagnostic on most vehicles for just $49.99 plus tax to take the guess work out of the mysterious Check Engine Light!
There are some facts you need to know before letting someone or chain store check your vehicle's onboard computer system for faults. In most cases you need a Factory or Original equipment manufacturer scan tool to find out what is causing the Malfunction Indicator to illuminate. A Generic scan tool will only allow the user to see Generic faults and not manufacturer specific faults which can lead to misdiagnosis and add to your repair costs. Do not let just anyone check your car. Most parts stores offer this service by untrained or inexperienced personell and they could clear vital information necessary to ensuring correction of the fault(s). A Big misconception with consumers is that there is a machine that tells you what is wrong with your car, this is not true, computers and testers are only tools and Experience and the ability to properly read and interpret the information the tool provides are done with research and access to published service information provided by the specific manufacturer by a registered certified technician. Your Check Engine Light (CEL) warns you that your vehicle's computer found a malfunctioning component in your emission control system. You may see "check engine," "service engine soon," or "check powertrain." Or, the light may show an engine picture, perhaps with the word "Check." To determine the actual problem, we use an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer to retrieve Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). Some common issues that turn on the check engine light include:
- Your gas cap isn't on tight enough; we suggest checking before calling us
- Water got into your engine somewhere
- The spark plugs don't function correctly
- Your vehicle is emitting high levels of pollutants
In any case, you should bring your vehicle to us, and we can inspect your vehicle, diagnose the problem, and take care of it. Leaving your engine light on can cause serious problems with your car in the long run.
A check engine light appointment goes pretty fast, so stop by or give us a call.